Sunday, 8 December 2019
an advent calendar for all eternity
We have two quilted advent calendars that my mum made many years ago. Sam and Annie used them for many years, now it is James' and Alistair's turn. We hung them on their doors. Alistair ate 15 of the the chocolates on the first day of Advent, and a few of James', too. I replaced the ones he took from James' calendar with what was left in his and the empty calendar is now a reminder for Alistair not to let the craving for chocolate overcome him. He is taking it remarkably well.
Anyway, I wanted an advent calendar myself, one with deep pockets that could fit nice big chocolates. I followed this tutorial up to the point of joining it all together. The joining instructions seemed weirdly complicated and I went my own way. Looking back, the tutorial is a bit wasteful on fabrics because for the numbers you cut an entire square of fabric, most of which is wasted once the numbers are cut out. Next time I'll use scraps. There must be simpler tutorials out there in the inter web but I liked the look of this one.
I am quite pleased with myself for making the appliqué numbers actually. I used the number template provided in the tutorial and some kind of sticky appliqué fusible webbing to cut the numbers out and to stick it to the fabric before stitching the on with an appliqué stitch that I found on my sewing machine. I thought this would be immensely fiddly but it was not too bad.
The final product is quite large, almost the width of our living room door. The pockets enormous and each contains three chocolates for Annie, Richard and I. Annie and I take turns at taking first dibs, Richard doesn't mind one way or other.
I really like the cheerful colours of the advent calendar and I know I'll love it for many more count-downs to Christmas.
Do you have an advent calendar? We all have one now, even Jack the lucky pup.
I hope to catch up with blog reading soon. It was such a busy week at work with students arriving from all around the globe for a week of laboratory practicals. I am only just recovering! I have seven days of work left before I break up for Christmas.
Thanks for visiting. Happy Sunday all! Christina xx